Medway Norse: a force for good in the local economy In its first year’s operation Medway Norse, a joint venture between Medway Council and national facilities management and services provider Norse Commercial Services, has become a firmly established part of the local business community.
The company, which supplies a range of frontline services to Medway Council, is also actively growing its client portfolio in building cleaning, property maintenance, catering and grounds maintenance. “Medway Norse is providing secure jobs, training opportunities and millions of pounds worth of business for local companies through our supply chain,” says Operations Director Ian Price.
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“The company is committed to the ongoing development of the skills of our existing staff, and creating first class employment opportunities including apprenticeships,” he comments. “We also have a policy of buying locally where-ever possible, benefiting those in the region’s supply chain,” he added, quoting the example of the new head office created with the help of a number of local businesses. Norse is clearly keen to play a role in the wider business community. “We are now active members of the Invicta Chamber of Commerce and are looking at opportunities for becoming involved in events, exhibitions and discussions surrounding local business issues,” Price said. Sales Director Geoff Tucker puts the first twelve months’ success down to the company’s public sector ethos/commercial flair approach: “Medway Norse has already become synonymous with flexibility, dynamism and innovation, whilst delivering cost-efficiency, value and quality,” he says. “We prefer to develop long-term relationships with clients, sharing goals and agreeing outcomes, rather than taking the traditional, prescriptive contractor/client approach.”
Medway Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Finance Cllr Alan Jarrett is delighted with the company’s first year. He said: “Medway Norse has allowed us to continue to protect front line services, while providing value for money. This ground breaking joint venture, with a well-established company that understands the needs and operations of the public sector, also provides the opportunity for Medway to share in the profits the joint venture company makes by attracting new contracts from across the South East”.
Official magazine for Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce - June/July 2014